Our son is allergic to peanuts and walnuts, so we’re a nut-free house, and a nut-free Halloween can be tough. When I say he’s allergic to peanut and walnuts, I don’t mean he would become mildly uncomfortable if he ate a nut. I mean—and I’m going to get dark here—he would most likely experience asphyxia, at which point we’d administer his EpiPen, call 911, have him rushed to the ER, and hope he’d survive. So, I say again, we’re a nut-free house.
That’s how it is for many nut-allergic kids and adults, so if you’re looking to have a nut-free Halloween this year, you might just become a lifesaver. (Livesavers are nut-free, by the way). Choosing nut-free candy is easy, and your nut-loving trick-or-treaters won’t know the difference.
Below is a list of popular, widely available nut-free Halloween candies that you can purchase and distribute with no extra effort. If you think you’re already nut-free, double-check the list of unsafe candies, which includes such classics as Plain M&Ms. They’re made in the same facility as Peanut M&Ms and therefore contain a nut warning. Who’d a thunk, right?!
These lists do not contain all known nut-free Halloween candies. Have any more suggestions? Put them in the comments.
Good & Plenty
Mike and Ike
Sour Patch Kids
Tootsie Rolls (all sizes and varieties)
Contains Nuts or Made in a Facility With Nuts (NOT SAFE):
Hershey Milk Chocolate
Hershey Special Dark
Hershey With Almonds
M&Ms (ALL varieties, including plain)
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
… and lots of others! Just stick to the first list of nut-free Halloween candy, and you’ll be good.
There’s also a program called the Teal Pumpkin Project, which encourages families to hand out non-food items (crayons, whistles, plastic spiders, whatnot) to trick-or-treaters. Some people get pretty upset at the idea of not handing out candy, so if that’s not for you, that’s cool too.